McKenna House communities provide two types of environments for our young adults:
- Home Community: Transition homes with supervisory oversight and support
- Apartment Living Community: Individual apartments or dorms with various levels of support
Both environments provide life resources and transition counseling.
McKenna House communities are safe and conveniently located near shopping and social scenes, with good access to outdoor
activities. Students are able to purchase all their personal needs by walking, bicycling or using the local transit system to supermarkets, cafés, restaurants, etc.
Newly enrolling students will live in one of our homes for at least six months before transitioning into one of our independent living settings. This allows time for students to settle into their new life and show they have acquired the necessary skills to live independently.
Academically, students have several options. If needed, they are able to continue with their high school education through the use of distance learning organizations and national online schools. They may acquire their GED through a local university or, if they wish to enroll in college-level courses, they may also participate in an online university or attend one of the local colleges, such as North Idaho College (NIC) and Lewis and Clark College (LCSC).
With daily guidance and support students are taught to problem solve, strategize how to work through their issues, and live independently. Our counselors and life-skills coaches will provide the necessary support and guidance for daily living issues. We provide access to many life resources that will assist with the transition into their new life.
All McKenna House staff have a minimum of a bachelor’s degrees or higher in their related field. We have extensive experience working with young adults with anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD and are able to provide the necessary support for our students.
Each student will be assisted and guided to independence with:
- Learning time management skills
- Creating an individualized weekly schedule
- Having on-site job counseling and job search assistance
- Accessing private or in-house tutors
- Managing their finances and budgeting
- Volunteering and finding community service opportunities
- Maintaining good health
- Attending to special dietary needs
- Joining in regular exercise
- Participating in community social activities
Independent Living Community
As students transition from living in our community-style homes to more independent living in apartments or college dorms, mentoring staff are still present to provide support and guidance. The level of support each student may need will vary from individual to individual. Daily and weekly wellness checks will become part of the individual plan. The goal is to continue mentoring our young adults as they begin to fully live independently, but with a knowing support system and a well thought out plan for accessing local resources.
Our independent living environments are supported by the same counselors as our home community or by therapists working in the same town as our independent living communities. Students are living on their own in apartments or college dorms and, dependent upon the level of support needed, daily or weekly checks are provided.
College and independent living services include:
- Individual student monitoring (daily or weekly)
- Academic tutoring
- Assistance with:
- Time management
- Money management/budgeting
- Job counseling and search
- Health and dietary needs
- NA, AA meetings, if needed
- Social activities
- Volunteering and community service
- Regular exercise
Life Resources and Transition Counseling
For young adults who may need a little extra support, the following counseling and life advising services are available in both the Home and Independent Living Communities:
- Individual therapy sessions, as needed
- Family therapy sessions
- Consultations with prior therapists
- Psychological and academic testing
- NA, AA meetings, if needed
For necessary therapeutic services, clinical staff has a minimum of a master’s degree, as well as extensive experience working with young people with depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD and substance abuse.